The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), the organization that runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, will no longer accept donations in the form of cryptocurrency, the foundation announced Sunday.
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- The decision follows a vote concluded on April 12 where over 70% of the community voted to “discontinue direct acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of donating.”
- The decision to discontinue crypto donations was linked to concerns about the environmental sustainability of the proof-of-work process, price volatility, and perceived reputational damage to the WMF.
- The Wikimedia community is made up of editors and other contributors to the free encyclopedia who also participate in the governance of the foundation.
- The WMF began accepting crypto donations in 2014 in response to community requests, eventually accepting Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, Dogecoin and stablecoins.
- The foundation reported US$130,000 worth of crypto donations in the last financial year, or 0.08% of total donations.
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